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Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

I began my PokeQuest with Chimchar, the fire monkey, and soon added a Geodude, Shinx and Shellos to my crew. Geodude, who evolves into Graveler and then Golem, is a rock/ground Pokemon who is impervious to electric attacks and stands up well against flying and fire Pokemon. His Magnitude attack wipes out all kinds of opponents, but he is useless against water and plant enemies.


Chimchar, the Diamond and Pearl answer to Charizard, is a cute monkey with a flaming tail. When he evolves into Infernape, his hairdo goes flaming, too.

Hence, I also have Chimchar, who burns through plants. For fighting water Pokemon, I captured a Shinx, which evolved into a Luxio who evolved into a Luxray—a relatively competent electric Pokemon.

You should always strive to have the basics—fire, water, ground and electric—in your party. You can combine elements (Gyrados has fire and water, Infernape has fire and fight) but you need to cover your bases.

I generally do not carry ghost or psychic Pokemon. I know, there are a lot of you out there who will swear by Alakazam and Mewtwo. But you can teach Luxray Bite—a dark attack that wipes out psychic and ghost Pokemon in a hurry.

Get your water, electric, ground and fire attacks down pat, and you will have an answer for any situation.

Tips from Nintendo

In Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl, the way Moves affect opponents have changed. Physical Moves strike the opponent up close and use the Attack stat, where as Special Moves strike from afar and use the Special Attack stat. Knowing the difference between the two greatly improves your battle strategy.

Have your Pokemon learn moves that cover its weaknesses. For example, have a Fighting-type Pokemon learn a Ice-type or Dark-type move.

Pay attention to a Pokemon’s ability. Quite a few Pokemon have more than one available to them. A Pokemon’s ability like Levitate can make the difference in a battle.

If you have taught your Pokemon the wrong move, don’t fret! There are people in the Sinnoh that can help. Try looking for the Move Deleter or a Move Tutor. These are people who can help you with your troubles.

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10 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. has anyone beat the eighth gym i have a lucario ,palika

  2. I know someone out there knows how to get the finnal password to get in the rocket ware house on fire red. I need the sappire and can I catch memtwo with a ultra ball?


  4. King Deoxazard // June 4, 2007 at 6:19 pm // Reply

    I suggest starting with Turtwig, Turtwig will soon evolve into his final form and have really good moves, like mine has these moves:

    1.Leaf Storm (For those really tough water types)

    2.Eathquake (Since your rival has Infernape, this will take it out in a few hits, this is also good for the fire elite four.)

    3.Crunch (For those psychic and ghost pokemon)

    4.Razor Leaf (For the weak and semi strong water types)

    I also have a Celibi(Not legit). And does anyone want to battle? Or trade?

  5. Pokemon Breeder // June 4, 2007 at 5:03 pm // Reply

    To all Pearl Players

    When you fight Palkia use a grass type or an ice type so you can target its weak spot to ice v.s dragon and grass v.s water.

    p.s Sorry Diamond players I couldn’t make this one out to you too because you can only catch Palkia in Pokemon Pearl

    Good Luck,

    Pokemon Breeder

  6. Emopleonator // June 4, 2007 at 4:48 pm // Reply

    When you receve the master ball from Cyrisis in Mnt. Coronet, DO NOT USE IT, its a wast of a good Master ball. All you need to do is stock up on Ultra ball and Timer Balls (25-40 each) and you should be fine. save your master ball for a travling pokemon such as Mispirit(or the one you can get from Full Moon Island). Once again DO NOT USE A MASTER BALL ON PALKIA/DIALGA.

  7. normal rookie // June 4, 2007 at 3:00 pm // Reply

    My team is Monferno Staravia Luxio Shellos Bonsly and Pichu. any reccomendations?

  8. *srry* also, the oak’s letter is used on that white rock after u get the national dex. it will open the home for that hedghog pokemon.

  9. also, don’t use your master ball on dialga or palkia; use it on arceaus, the pokemon that u need the azure flute 4.

  10. i have most of the pokemon, but i want oak’s letter and the azure flute and that thing you need to catch darkrai, but i don’t know how to get them. could you tell me how? ( i have seen cresselia and caught dialga, heatran, uxie, mesprit, azelf and giratina. ialso have the national dex) plz help me!

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